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"People ask me how I do research for my science fiction. The answer is, I never do any research. I just enjoy reading the stuff, and some of it sticks in my mind and fits into the stories."
- Frederik Pohl

Coffee Cube  
  Concentrated coffee that boils itself!  

The potter delighted Barlow by making him a cup of coffee with a cube that not only dissolved in cold water but heated the water to boiling point.
Technovelgy from The Marching Morons, by C.M. Kornbluth.
Published by Galaxy Science Fiction in 1951
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Compare to the self-lighting cigarette from Methuselah's Children (1941) by Robert Heinlein.

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